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Commercial insurance prices in the U.S. stay nearly flat during first quarter

Price increases were less than 1% for the sixth straight quarter: Willis Towers Watson CLIPS survey

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Arlington, VA (June 13, 2017) – Commercial insurance prices in the U.S. were nearly flat during the first quarter of 2017, according to leading global advisory, broking and solutions company Willis Towers Watson's most recent Commercial Lines Insurance Pricing Survey (CLIPS). The survey compared prices charged on policies written during the first quarter of 2017 to those charged for the same coverage during the equivalent quarter in 2016. Price changes reported by carriers averaged less than 1% for the sixth consecutive quarter, following a moderating trend in price increases that began in the first quarter of 2013.

Price changes in the first quarter for most lines of business were fairly consistent with changes reported in the fourth quarter. Four lines (workers compensation, commercial property, directors and officers, and surety) indicated modest price decreases. The outlier in the results continues to be commercial auto, where meaningful price increases were again reported. For most other lines, price changes fell in the low single digits. Price changes were fairly similar across segments, though slightly positive for small accounts, and flat for mid-market, large and specialty accounts.

"Despite ample capital and benign claim cost inflation trends, the commercial P&C insurance market has exercised considerable discipline as a whole over the past couple of years," said Serhat Guven, Americas Property & Casualty sales practice leader, Willis Towers Watson. "Insurers have held the line on trading profitability for volume, while still responding as needed to emerging trends, e.g., commercial auto on the high end and workers compensation on the low end."

Change in Price Level vs. Same Quarter One Year Prior

Change in Price Level vs. Same Quarter One Year Prior

About Willis Towers Watson

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW) is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 39,000 employees in more than 120 countries. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas – the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Together, we unlock potential. Learn more at willistowerswatson.com.

Source: Willis Towers Watson


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